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covermedInvestigators from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and 25 other public health agencies around the world sought to determine the genetic origin and the antigenic characteristics of the 2009 A(H1N1) influenza virus, commonly referred to as “swine flu.” Specifically, they used a genetic-similarity study to determine which influenza strains previously identified had combined to produce the new A(H1N1) flu virus.

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coverfigThe epidemic of obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus is dramatically increasing. Environmental factors, such as sedentary life-style, hypercaloric, fat-rich diet and genetic susceptibility are considered major determinants of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Obesity and peripheral insulin resistance are hallmarks and major risk factors for development of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Cardiovascular complications (eg, atherosclerosis, coronary heart disease) of both metabolic disorders are associated with chronic subclinical inflammation.

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21st Century Medicine“The daily unconscious concern of every clinician and practitioner is the weight of continuous decision making–inherently uncertain and lacking full (or sometimes even adequate) information to inform the clinical picture. …Physician education, training, and reimbursement, as well as research designs for clinical studies that physicians depend upon for effective decision making, continue to be focused primarily on an acute-care model that emphasises pharmacologic solutions for complex, chronic problems, leaving the discerning clinician and practitioner without the evidence and tools needed for addressing their patients’ complex needs.”
21st Century Medicine, The Clinician’s Dilemma

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Phosphatidylcholine (PC) is a major lipid of the gastrointestinal mucus  layer. We  recently showed  that mucus from patients suffering  from ulcerative colitis  has low levels of PC. Clinical studies reveal that the therapeutic addition of PC to the  colonic mucus using slow release preparations is beneficial.

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Recent findings suggest that the amino acid glutamine reduces Helicobacter pylori-associated pathology in mice and may therefore have similar effects in humans with gastric ulcers caused by H. pylori.

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Abstract: The relation between residential magnetic field exposure from power lines and mortality from neurodegenerative conditions was analysed among 4.7 million persons of the Swiss National Cohort (linking mortality and census data), covering the period 2000-2005. Cox proportional hazard models were used to analyse the relation of living in the proximity of 220-380 kV power

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